All-Star voting: 5 Cubs finalists for starting spots

USA Today

The last phase of All-Star voting will include five Cubs on the ballot.

Major League Baseball announced its All-Star ballot finalists on Sunday, including Cubs catcher Willson Contreras, first baseman Anthony Rizzo, shortstop Javy Báez, third baseman Kris Bryant and outfielder Joc Pederson.

The top three vote-getters at each position (top nine outfielders) advance from Phase 1 to Phase 2, which will determine the starters for each squad. Phase 2 voting runs from 11 a.m. CST Monday to 1 p.m. Thursday. ESPN will unveil the starters that night in a reveal show.

Pitchers and reserves are determined through player ballots and commissioner’s office selections. Full squads will be announced July 4.

The votes from Phase 1 do not roll over to Phase 2, but they provide an early snapshot of each players’ All-Star bid.

Bryant won the Phase 1 vote among NL third basemen, with 1,526,186 votes. He’ll compete against the Cardinals’ Nolan Arenado and Dodgers’ Justin Turner for a starting spot.

Báez (830,649 votes) came in second behind the Padres’ Fernando Tatís Jr. (2,052,642). The Giants’ Brandon Crawford (646,535) rounds out the NL shortstop finalists.

Contreras (693,063) finished third in Phase 1, behind Buster Posey (1,845,042) and Yadier Molina (934,413). Rizzo (745,595) is up against Max Muncy (1,276,688) and Freddie Freeman (1,156,966). Pederson (493,269) came in eighth among NL outfielders – three will be named starters.


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